Birding in Borneo - East Coast
Be amazed by the richest and most exotic of birdlife of Borneo as you explore the East Coast of Sabah with our in-house Birding specialist guides. Over 8 wonderful days, we'll cover the Sepilok Nature Reserve, the Kinabatangan River and the Tabin Wildlife reserve where there are more than 316 different birds, 20 of them endemic to Borneo. Stay at the award winning ecolodge Sukau Rainforest Lodge.
- Birding at Sepilok Nature Reserve
- 02 Nights stay at Sukau Rainforest Lodge, National Geographic unique lodges of the world, Superior Room. Travel to SRL by speedboat
- 03 afternoon river cruises and 02 early morning river cruise in search of Borneo's birdlife
- Nature walk along Hornbill Boardwalk and Attenborough Boardwalk to learn about the flora in the area and maybe even sight some wildlife and birdlife
- Experience the uniqueness of Gomantong Cave and its surrounding to witness the amazing bat exodus at dusk and see the bat hawks in action
- At Sukau Rainforest Lodge, enjoy a night safari river cruise through Kinabatangan River to spot nocturnal wildlife (Optional Tour)
- Bird watching in Tabin Wildlife Reserve
- Exploring Kinabatangan River
This tour includes a stay in our Superior rooms and travel to SRL by speedboat. For an upgrade to our new Villa rooms, please see the Rates tab.
Day 1 : Sepilok
Arrive at Sandakan airport and be transferred to Sepilok Nature Resort. Spend the rest of the evening resting and relaxing. Overnight in Sepilok Nature Resort. (Dinner)
Day 2 : Rainforest Discovery Centre
We'll spend a full day birdwatching in Rainforest Discovery Centre. Overnight at Sepilok Nature Resort. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Day 3 : Sepilok - Sukau
Birdwatching around Sepilok in the morning. At noon, we depart to Sukau on a 2.5 hr boat journey on Sabah's longest river, the Kinabatangan. Brief stops along the way when there are bird and wildlife sightings. Lower Kinabatangan is home to 210 species of birds. Check into the award winning Sukau Rainforest Lodge. Join an afternoon cruise for bird watching. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Note on Camera Use at Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre:
For any camera with zoom lens from 100 to 400mm, video camera or other video recording equipment for personal use are chargeable at RM10.00 per unit. For any camera (fixed-lens - 400mm and above ) or any film-making equipment are chargeable at RM1,000.00 per unit. Mode of payment is cash only.
Day 4 - 5 : Sukau
Morning and afternoon river cruise for bird watching. Visit Gomantong Caves on one of the evenings to watch the exodus of bats and bathawks. We would highly recommend our optional night cruise one of these nights as it offers an opportunity to get up close with sleeping birds nesting on the lower branches of trees and opportunity for great photographs. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Day 6 : Sukau - Tabin
Proceed to Lahad Datu for lunch and then onwards to Tabin Wildlife Reserve, another haven for bird watching enthusiasts which boasts approximately 220 species of birds. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Day 7 : Tabin
Full day bird watching in Tabin. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Day 8 : Tabin - Lahad Datu airport
After breakfast, transfer to Lahad Datu airport for departure flight. (Breakfast)
Would you like to Upgrade?
Upgrade from Tabin Wildlife Lodge to Borneo Rainforest Lodge (Danum Valley) for only RM815.00 per person.
THINGS TO BRING: Please bring along sun block lotion, swimwear, personal toiletries, torch light, insect repellent, drinking water bottle, walking shoes, binoculars, camera, hat & raincoat.Note: Due to poor connection, it is not possible for credit card transactions at the Tabin Wildlife Resort. All payments to be made in cash term. Charging of credit card is only possible at the resort's office in Lahad Datu.
Tours and transfers, accommodation and meals as specified, private river cruise in Sukau, entrance fees and English speaking guide.
Domestic airfare (Kota Kinabalu (BKI) - Sandakan (SDK) & Lahad Datu (LDU) - Kota Kinabalu (BKI), camera fee and items not mentioned, Tourism Tax (TTx) flat rate of RM10 per room per night.
For more Birding Packages, please visit www.borneobirding.com
Note on Travel Insurance
Customers are encouraged to purchase their own travel insurance before travelling to Borneo. We recommend you to select a travel insurance policy that covers not only your medical expenses (including emergency repatriation) but also personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage. Doing so can prevent major disruptions and additional costs.
Rates For Travelling Until 31 March 2019
|RATES PER PERSON||SINGLE SUPPLEMENT|
|Superior||RM 8813||RM 2348|
|Villa||RM 9383||RM 2798|
Rates For Travelling From 01 April 2019 and Onwards
|RATES PER PERSON||SINGLE SUPPLEMENT|
|Superior||RM 9721||RM 3845|
High Season Surcharge: RM 267 (July & August)
Please be informed that the prices are nett and inclusive of 6% SST for accommodations, meals, tours, and transfers under the Malaysian Law.
Upgrade to villa: All our 20 new villas are now up and ready for guests. If you have booked a superior room in advance but want to upgrade to a villa, you can! Just pay the price difference and you’re all set!
The following discounts apply to tours that include Sukau Rainforest Lodge ONLY:
- Children age 3 and below - Free
- Children ages 4 to 12 may share a room with ONE adult - 25% discount
- Children ages 4 to 12 may share a room with TWO adult - 50% discount
Giving Back: Every international adult guest who stays at SRL contributes MYR20 for Conservation Contribution (CC).Read More
Effective 1st September 2017, foreign guests will be charged a flat rate of RM10 per room per night for all Tourism Tax (TTx) registered hotel classifications in Malaysia.
so much for your excellent organisation of our trip. The sighting of so many birds and wildlife has exceeded our expectations.
All our guides and drivers have done a great job with their knowledge and patience, so that I could take a lot of great photos!
Many thanks to Osman and William, Hazwan and Chiew, Mohammad and Jan (Tabin) and Ned (Danum Valley).
We felt comfortable in all accommodations, staff everywhere was always friendly and food was delicious.
We already wrote a review on TRIPADVISER and we will highly recommend your company.
Thanh-Son , Germany, 21 June- 09 July 2018
I have been meaning to write
Thank you for arranging our amazing trip to Borneo. Everything went perfectly without a hitch! We enjoyed both Hamit and Hazwan and had an especially good time with Hazwan. They are both good birders and Wayne saw an amazing number of birds. I loved the orangutans and the monkeys, so everyone was happy!
You were great to work with and I would not hesitate to recommend Borneo Eco Tours to anyone considering a trip to Borneo.
Joan Kidder , American Samoa, 12-29 June 2018
The tour was really amazing, Nexter and Adzel were really fantastic guides and I got to see most of the birds I was hoping to see. I'm really happy I chose to do this tour, as I wouldn't have seen anywhere near as much if I had tried to do it on my own.
I gave Nexter a tip before we parted, and it was my intention to give one to Adzel Neil one as well, but I had been distracted at the time and completely forgot! So I feel rather badly about that, and am hoping to send him something by mail. I know he doesn't work directly for Borneo Eco Tours - do you have an address where I could send him something?
Liam Christopher Hughes, Canada, 20-27 Oct 2016
What an incredible journey this was! Everything including the environment, guides, service, ambiance, etc. etc. was the best! I have taken plenty of wildlife trips all over the world and am happy to say that our guide Hamit was absolutely the best. His knowledge, his knack of finding and spotting all kinds of mammals, birds and reptiles was uncanny. In our 4 days in Borneo (Sukau and Sepilok) we saw everything I wanted to see except the Bristlehead. If I could give this more than 5 stars, I would. Thank you for giving us a lifetime of memories.
Gaurav Parekh, United States, 28 Aug - 1 Sept 2017
We asked Borneo Eco Tours to put together a birding itinerary for us for 16 days. Not only did all of our arrangements work seamlessly, but the accommodations and guides were fabulous!! The guides really were exceptional! We also asked for recommendations for a diving resort and a place to relax at the end of our trip and they set up the reservations for us and set up the transfers and all we had to do was focus on having a wonderful time rather than logistics.
Melinda W, United States, February 2016
We were delighted with our experience at Sukau Lodge. The staff were friendly and very helpful and the food and accommodations were excellent. Thanks to you and all of your staff for a wonderful experience - with a special mention of our birding guide Nexter.
George D . Perry & Joan Harbinson, Canada, 1 - 16 March 2015
We had Borneo Eco Tours orange a private 10-day birding tour for us and they did a wonderful job. Everything went off smoothly from start to finish. Our guides and driver's were very professional, helpful and knowledgable. Accommodations in Kinabalu, Sepilok, Sakau and Danum Valley were great. Borneo Rainforest Lodge is wonderful. Birding was great, 243 birds including most of the ones we wanted - Bristlehead, Pittas, Broadbills etc. Only regret is not staying one extra day in Sepilok to make more of the Rain Forest Discovery centre.
lagavulin46, Canada, March 2016
For more information on Sukau Rainforest Lodge, please visit our Sukau Rainforest Lodge page HERE.
NOTE: Wheelchair-friendly and adapted rooms are also available at the lodge.
Weâ€™re also proud to announce that Sukau Rainforest Lodge is now certified with the Travelife Gold Certification! To know more about the certification and Travelife, go here.
Presently, Sukau Rainforest Lodge has 40 rooms; 20 Superior Rooms and 20 Borneo Villas. The lodge has also been branded as a National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World and has received numerous awards and recognition namely, the Best Nature Lodge in Sabah by Sabah Tourism in 2013/2014, Asiaâ€™s Leading Green Hotel for the 17th World Travel Awards 2010, and Best Independent Accommodation by PATA InSPIRE Awards 2015.
The ecolodge was built in 1995 in the style of traditional Malay architecture using several Borneo hardwood species. Erected on stilts on the banks of Kinabatangan River, Sukau Rainforest Lodge offers a nature and wildlife experience that goes hand in hand with luxury and comfort. The lodge also includes the Melapi Restaurant on the pier, Gecko Lounge and Bar, a plunge pool, Gomantong Hall meeting area, Hornbill Boardwalk and Attenborough Boardwalk for nature walks, Kadai gift shop and also Halia Spa amongst other conveniences.
Sukau Rainforest Lodge is doing its best to uphold its ecolodge ethos by using a Green & Sustainable policy as a guideline which both staff and guests are encouraged to follow. Some of the lodgeâ€™s sustainable practices includes rainwater harvesting for shower and solar heating to generate hot water supply. All rooms are also equipped with energy saving inverter air-conditioning and LED light bulbs. Besides that, river safari cruises are conducted by boats powered by electric motors and eco-friendly outboard engines.
The Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary which covers an area of 26,800 hectares, forms part of the Kinabatangan region which is the largest floodplain the Malaysia covering a total of 23% of the land area of Sabah or 16,800 sq.km. Gazetted in 2005 as a gift to the Earth, it has a diverse ecosystem from coastal mangrove swamp, to riparian, freshwater and dipterocarp and oxbow vegetation teaming with wildlife supporting ten species of primates including more than 1,000 orang utans, proboscis monkeys, more than 300 Borneo pygmy elephants, 50 species of mammals, 20 species of reptiles and over 1,026 species of plants.
Birdlife is especially rich here (over 325 species have been sighted in the area) including eight species of hornbills, kingfishers, darters, owls, kites, eagles, broadbills, doves, storm storks, herons, hawks, ospreys, falcon, pheasants, parakeets, bee eaters, woodpeckers, pittas, bulbuls, forktails, babblers, warblers, flycatchers, orioles, flowerpeckers, spiderhunters, among others.
- 2014-2015 Malaysia Tourism Awards - WINNER / Best Hotel Services / 3 Star Hotel Category
- 2015 PATA InSPIRE Awards - WINNER / Best Independent Accommodation
- 2015 - 2011 TripAdvisor Hall of Fame (Five-Time Winner of the Certificate of Excellence from 2011-2015)
- 2013 Sabah Tourism Awards - WINNER / Best Nature Lodge
- 2013 Wildasia Responsible Tourism Awards - WINNER / Most Inspiring Responsible Tourism Accommodation Provider
- 2010 - 17th World Travel Awards - WINNER / Asia's Leading Green Hotel
- 2009 Sabah Tourism Awards - Finalist, Excellence in Hotel Services - Nature Lodge
- 2009 - 16th World Travel Awards - Finalist / World's Leading Eco-Lodges
- 2009 - 16th World Travel Awards - Finalist / Asia's Leading Eco-Lodges
- 2009 - National Geographic Adventure's Magazine (Top 50 Ecolodges / Jungle Category)
- 2008 - 15th World Travel Awards - Finalist / Asia Leading Green Hotel
- 2008 - 15th World Travel Awards - Finalist / World's Leading Eco-Lodges
- 2006 - ECOCLUB.com Ecolodge Awards - 3rd Prize Winner
- 2006 First Choice Responsible Tourism Awards - Highly Commended/ Best small hotel
- 1999 IH&RA Green Hotelier Awards - 1st Runner-up
- Top 10 Ecotourism Hotspots by ShermansTravel.com
- 1999 The Green Hotelier of the Year 1999 Award - Winner
- 1997 British Airways Tourism for Tomorrow Award - Best Lodge Pacific Region Winner
We are incredibly excited to unveil our newly built Villas! The villas are exquisitely designed and furnished with a unique Borneo flavor that we hope will provide you with extra comfort and will further heighten your Borneo experience during your stay with us.
- Villas are 60% larger than our superior rooms
- En-suite bathroom features Hans-Grohe hot water rain and hand showers and are 100% larger than our Superior room en-suite bathrooms
- Private balcony with patio chairs
- Option of double bed and queen-sized bed arrangements
- Energy saving inverter air-conditioning supplemented by ceiling fan
- Villa rooms are fully mosquito netted. All windows and balcony doors have insect screens
- 100% LED lighting
- Decorated and furnished with Borneo styled crafts and motifs
- More privacy, away from main areas